Boyds Mills Press The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester
Boyds Mills Press The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester

By Maya MacGregor

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Publication Date: May 3, 2022

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

In this queer contemporary YA mystery, a nonbinary teen with autism realizes they must not only solve a 30-year-old mystery but also face the demons lurking in their past in order to live a satisfying life.

Sam Sylvester’s not overly optimistic about their recent move to the small town of Astoria, Oregon after a traumatic experience in their last home in the rural Midwest.

 

Yet Sam’s life seems to be on the upswing after meeting several new friends and a potential love interest in Shep, the pretty neighbor. However, Sam can’t seem to let go of what might have been, and is drawn to investigate the death of a teenage boy in 1980s Astoria. Sam’s convinced he was murdered—especially since Sam’s investigation seems to resurrect some ghosts in the town.

 

Threatening notes and figures hidden in shadows begin to disrupt Sam’s life. Yet Sam continues to search for the truth. When Sam discovers that they may be closer to a killer than previously known, Sam has a difficult decision to make. Would they risk their new life for a half-lived one?

Story Locale: A fictional small town in the Pacific Northwest - Astoria, Oregon.

About the Author

Maya MacGregor is a writer, singer, and artist. They sing and write in Gàidhlig and in English. You can find their bilingual work on tor.com, in Steall magazine (summer 2020), and Uncanny magazine, with poetry in Poets’ Republic and elsewhere. They sing with the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, the Alba Choir, and Fuaran. THE MANY HALF-LIVED LIVES OF SAM SYLVESTER is their first young adult novel.

Author Residence: Glasgow, Scotland

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

ISBN: 9781635923599

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